Faculty Quick Start Guide

Continuing Instruction and Assessment While Away from Campus
This page provides faculty with options to quickly use D2L-Brightspace to deliver instruction and assessment remotely. These instructions provide a quick start guide and are not meant to be inclusive of all options and features of D2L-Brightspace.

The Guide to Online Teaching  provides three options that are accessed via your respective D2L account. Once you log in to D2L, these courses are listed under the title, “Guide to Online Teaching in D2L.”



Providing Instruction

(The following hyperlinks offer step-by-step video instructions.)

In the event of a campus closure, instruction can be delivered through D2L-Brightspace.

  1. For username and password help
  2. Locate and Pin your courses.
  3. Upload your course syllabus per course.

Through D2L-Brightspace, lectures can be prerecorded and uploaded using the software in D2L or via YouTube; free software media tools are available.

To conduct live interactions between faculty and students, you will need meeting software:

SSU Webex— This is the primary user option and features video conferencing, online meetings, screen share, webinars, Web conferencing and cloud calling.

Skype meetingUse as a secondary option. Add in to Outlook (one drawback to Skype is problems viewing pdfs and PowerPoints on Apple mobile devices; to remedy, email presentations in advance).

Microsoft Teams appThird option. It goes across all platforms as well as webmail (small learning curve).

Recorded lectures can consist of:

Lecture Recording

Review the following knowledge-based articles for instructions on how to record and deliver lectures using D2L-Brightspace, Skype and Microsoft Teams to get started.

Publish a Lecture in D2L-Brightspace


Assessment can be delivered through D2L-Brightspace. There are two recommended assessment options:

Using the Assignment or Quiz Features of D2L-Brightspace

Review the following knowledge based articles for instructions on using the assignment or quiz features of D2L-Brightspace.
Create an Assignment
Grade an Assignment
Create a Quiz/Test/Exam with new questions
Set Quiz Restrictions 
Grade a Quiz

Instructional Software

To prepare your laptop, desktop, or mobile device to deliver instruction online, the following applications should be installed.

Recommended for Live Sessions, if necessary.

Course Software Access

The Virtual Computer Lab is also available to off-campus users to access certain course software remotely.

Software Downloads

Software available through campus license can be found at the software download page.

Additional Resources

eCore Support for building classes

Association of Colleges and University Educators Toolkit


Keep Ga Teach


Getting Help

Password Resets
For password resets for students, go to eLearning information.

D2L Help Desk
Email –millerp@savannahstate.edu

After Hours Support

For after-hours, support is available 24\7.The D2L Help Center can address issues related to D2L-Brightspace.